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San Diegans say plan to charge for trash pickup stinks

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Mayor Sanders is pushing a proposal that some San Diegans hope will end up being thrown in the trash. He wants to end free garbage collection for residents who live on private streets.

The City of San Diego could soon put a lid on free trash service. In an effort to close the city's $73 million budget deficit, Sanders wants to stop the city's free trash pickup to nearly 19,000 homes and businesses.

The move would impact more than 4,600 businesses and 14,000 homes, including those on private roads and many in gated communities and condo complexes.

"We've been providing this service for free for quite some time and we've simply decided we've got to back up and we can only provide services where we're obligated to do," Sanders said.

Under the People's Ordinance of 1919, the city is not legally required to provide trash service in specific areas. If the city council approves the proposal, residents would have to spend anywhere from $20 to $30 a month to have a private company haul their trash away. It's an added expense that would strap an already tight budget for residents like Dan Bartaskis.

"Some of these people can't afford it. Some of these people don't have $20 or $30 dollars in their budget a month. They just don't," he said.

While Mayor Sanders says he understands why some residents think the idea stinks, he says he can't justify the expense, given the budget cap.

"We're projected to save about $1.2 million, which is a sizeable amount of money," Sanders said.

With the city council scheduled to take up the issue in January, residents are left to wonder if they'll have much to celebrate in the New Year.


"We need help, more than we need cuts," Bartaskis said.

The mayor says residents who could be impacted will be notified by the end of the year.

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